30 June 2017

Video of the day -- farmers


This is agriculture, by any reasonable definition.  Since the fungus has adapted under cultivation and is now different from its "wild" ancestor, actually dependent on the ants' care to survive, it probably even qualifies as domestication.  So agriculture -- the prerequisite for human civilization -- was achieved millions of years ago by animals which, as far as we can tell, don't even have self-awareness.  Video found via Crazy Eddie.

3 Comments:

Blogger Ranch Chimp said...

Interesting video (fun) ... as far as what we can learn and do ourselves ... I guess we'll have to get corporate approval ... ants dont {:-)

01 July, 2017 05:33  
Blogger Shaw Kenawe said...

Loved reading about this. I'd also add to the amazing ant culture -- the honeypot ant.

01 July, 2017 13:59  
Blogger Pinku-Sensei said...

Thanks for sharing this video, which I showed to one of my classes last week. I'm encouraged to go out and find more.

05 July, 2017 09:47  

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